Still confused about what an NVQ Level 3 is equal to? Or what’s similar to a Foundation Degree? Don’t worry, our comparison chart explains how each qualification type matches up. You can use it to plan your route through education and towards employment.
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The comparison chart shows each higher education level from 1 (foundation level) to 8 (higher education level) and its equivalent qualification type (e.g.GCE, BTEC, and HND).
The values presented on the image are as follows:
|Qualification Type||Qualification Name||Equivalent Higher education Level|
|GCE||GCSE D-F||1 - Foundation|
|GCSE A-C||2 - Intermediate|
|1 full A level (achieved by completing AS and A2)||3 - Advanced|
|BTEC||Diploma||2 - Intermediate|
|Diploma plus an extended diploma||3 - Advanced|
|CACHE||Diploma||3 - Advanced|
|NVQ & VRQ||Level 2||2 - Intermediate|
|Level 3 and Level 4||3 - Advanced|
|Access to HE||Diploma||3 - Advanced|
|HNC & HND||HNC||Level 4 - Higher Education|
|HND||Level 5 - Higher Education|
|Foundation Degree||Foundation Degree||Level 5 - Higher Education|
|Degrees||Diploma||Level 6 - Higher Education|
|Masters||Level 7 - Higher Education|
|Doctorate||Level 8 - Higher Education|
The comparison chart shows the higher education level on the y-axis starting from level 1 at the bottom and rising to level 8 at the top. Level 1 is described as the foundation level, level 2 is described as the Intermediate level, level 3 is described as the advanced level and levels 4 - 8 are described as the higher education levels. The equivalent qualification types are listed on the x-axis at the top of the chart starting with the qualifications with equivalent levels between 1-3 e.g. GCE and ending with the more advanced qualifications with equivalent levels between 4-8 e.g. Degrees.
Did you Know..?
- If you complete a Level 2 Diploma this is equal to five GCSEs grade A-C.
- If you haven't already got a GCSE in maths and English then you have another chance - there will be space in your timetable to work towards these qualifications.
- Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English are equal to a C Grade or above at GCSE.
- If you complete a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma with three Distinctions this is worth 144 UCAS points.